Our Story

As the epicenter for electric vehicle adoption, California has more electric vehicles on the roads than any other region in the U.S, and is home to some of the greenest cities in the nation and the world. Much of this is in large part to California’s commitment to strong environmental standards. In 2018, Governor Brown upped the ante through an executive order with a target to put 5 million electric cars on California roads by 2030.  California’s SB 32, passed in 2016, builds on the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) passed in 2006, which requires California to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and move the state to a sustainable low-carbon future. AB 32 was passed to address climate change that threatens the economic well-being, public health, natural resources and environment of California. One of the largest sources of GHG emissions is from the transportation sector, accounting for 30% from commercial trucks and automobiles, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, almost 40% of greenhouse gas emissions come from cars and trucks. In order for the State of California and the Bay Area to reduce transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 1990 levels, it needs to promote electric transportation and cutting edge programs and technologies.
With oil’s volatility and price increases driving electric vehicle adoption, the U.S. government has provided attractive financial incentives for consumers to purchase EVs. The current federal tax credits of up to $7500 per vehicle, plus a 30% credit (up to $1000) for the purchase and installation of a charging station, are accelerating EV adoption. Aside from purchasing an EV, there are other options to adopt electric vehicles such as clean public transportation, EV car sharing, electric bikes and scooters.
Charge Across Town was started in 2012 as an EV-readiness project for the City of San Francisco working in collaboration with San Francisco’s Department of the Environment. Today the non-profit organization works with local city governments and businesses, and the electric vehicle (EV) community to advance the adoption of electric vehicles, reduce carbon emissions, and help create clean energy jobs in California and beyond. Our mission is to move people from fossil fuel vehicles to cleaner, greener modes of personal transportation through plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. Charge Across Town’s innovative environmental programs, executed across the state on behalf of state and local EV initiatives, educate consumers on the benefits, costs and feasibility of owning or sharing a plug-in hybrid or all- electric car. There is a critical need for basic consumer education at the community level as well as outreach to the larger business sector to support electric vehicles and the needed EV infrastructure. Getting people behind the wheel of an EV, test driving the cars, and providing factual information on the future transportation landscape, the costs and options of EV ownership, and the benefits of driving zero emission vehicles are all part of the educational efforts. Charge Across Town hosts experiential events across the state, including EV Week in the bay area, that provide FREE “ride and drives” in electric vehicles, showcases of EV technology, utility rate information, and state and federal rebate and incentive programs. Additionally Charge Across Town regularly hosts electric vehicle technology forums and discussions, and opportunities for electric vehicle manufacturers and infrastructure companies to interact with the public in a non-sales environment.